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A dam at Minneapolis, Kansas

A dam at Minneapolis, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
A postcard showing a dam on the Solomon River at Minneapolis, Kansas.


Aerial views of the Council Grove Dam and Reservoir

Aerial views of the Council Grove Dam and Reservoir
Creator: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
Date: Spring 1966
Two photographs show the Council Grove Dam and Reservoir from the air


Alicia Vandahl to Representative Albert Cole

Alicia Vandahl to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Vandahl, Alicia
Date: February 04, 1952
This letter was written by Alicia Vandahl, Randolph, Kansas, to United States Representative Albert Cole, Washington, D.C. She writes in opposition to building Tuttle Creek dam because she believes it will not be just one dam but will lead to 20 to 40 others. She doesn't want Kansas river valleys destroyed and believes the dams won't prevent flooding. She wants the issue studied and asks Cole to wait until the President's Missouri Basin Review Committee completes its study.


Art Work on Eastern Kansas

Art Work on Eastern Kansas
Creator: Western Photogravure Company
Date: 1900
This pictorial book gives a brief overview of eastern Kansas. This is part twelve of twelve. Views of the Cottonwood River dam in Emporia, Kansas State Agricultural College in Manhattan, Haskell Institute in Lawrence, the rail yards in Atchison, and the Bourbon County courthouse in Fort Scott are some of the featured photographs.


Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. He captioned this photograph "for Mrs. Eileen Willingham of Englewood, California (front row, second from right) this may be the last visit to the church she attended as a child. Many members of this congregation are descendants of Marie Johnson for whom the church was named." This is probably Mahridal Lutheran Church, organized in 1863. The congregation is shown in this photograph.


Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. He captioned this photograph "a valley prayer asks for divine guidance 'in these days when the continued existence of our place of worship, our homes and this valley are threatened.'" This is probably Mahridal Lutheran Church, organized in 1863. This interior view shows the altar, the pulpit, a pipe organ and organist, and the congregation.


Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph "valley residents have vowed not to give up their fight against the dawn, although its eventual completion seems almost certain. Every Sunday evening they continue to pray together for a miracle that will save their homes and villages. Theme for this meeting was 'yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil'".


Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph "after the service, Mrs. Willingham placed flowers on the graves of her parents in the small cemetery near the church. Army Engineers will move cemeteries to nearby hills, although communities which care for them will be dispersed".


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph: "Climbing the hill above his father's house to photograph the valley was the first mission of the young physician [Dr. Reuben Burkman] as he began his final tour. The valley is 2 miles wide at this point."


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph "another farewell to the valley was that of Dr. Reuben Burkman, son of a Swedish immigrant who bought a farm in the valley with his earnings as a hired hand. Dr. Burkman stopped for a last visit between the end of the internship and the beginning of a tour of duty with the U. S. Public Health Service. He is shown here with his small son, wife and mother."


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph "after touring the valley, Dr. Burkman visited with Albert Peterson, a neighbor who will also be displaced by the dam".


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph: "Some have already reached that moment which each valley resident may eventually face when, like a character in a Thomas Wolfe novel, he 'stands upon the hillside overlooking the town he has left, yet does not say 'the town is near' but turns his eyes upon the distant, soaring ranges.'"


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph "the incomplete dam, now about 20 feet high, already stretches most of the way across the valley. When finished, it will be 7,350 feet long and 135 feet high."


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. This photograph was captioned: "The Blue River, now docile after several years of drought, was a contributing factor in the flood on the Kansas River, according to Army Engineers. Valley residents argue that debris found upstream proves that the Blue was backed up by the rampaging Kansas River which it joins near Manhattan."


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph: "Dr. Burkman visited the deserted home of a former acquaintance who lived near the dam site and was bought out by Army Engineers when construction started in 1952. The incompleted earth and rip-rap structure can be seen at right."


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. This is a photograph of Dr. Burkman and his father fishing. He captioned this photograph "paid a final visit to a favorite fishing hole on Baldwin Creek, one of the tributaries that will become part of the huge reservoir."


Building the Neosho River dam, Council Grove, Kansas

Building the Neosho River dam, Council Grove, Kansas
Creator: Anderson, Walt
Date: February 25, 1898
In this photograph, men are building the Neosho River dam in Council Grove, Kansas. Horses pulling wagons and a man in a buggy are also visible.


C. D. Perry's dam on the Cimarron River, Kansas

C. D. Perry's dam on the Cimarron River, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1903
View of Clarence D. Perry's dam on the Cimarron River, Kansas. An unidentified man is seated in the foreground.


Cedar Bluff dam in Trego County, Kansas

Cedar Bluff dam in Trego County, Kansas
Date: 1963
This series of photographs is showing construction on the Cedar Bluff dam in Trego County, Kansas.


Checks on erosion and floods

Checks on erosion and floods
Date: Between 1930 and 1937
This unidentified newspaper clipping illustrates and explains four useful techniques for combating drought and soil erosion: planting vegetation on steep slopes, strip cropping, contour plowing, and check dams.


City Park Dam, Burlington, Kansas

City Park Dam, Burlington, Kansas
Creator: Palenske, Louis F., 1858-1943
Date: 1925-1930
This view of the City Park Dam, located on the Neosho River at Burlington, Kansas was created by Louis Palenske with his Korona Panoramic View Camera. Palenske operated a photographic studio at Burlington during the 1920s. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Civil Conservation Corp camp at Kinney Dam

Civil Conservation Corp camp at Kinney Dam
Date: 1934
This is a photo of the Civil Conservation Corp camp during the construction of Kinney Dam at McKinney Lake, Kearny County. Patron feedback suggests this dam is located on Finney County State Lake in Finney County, Kansas and not McKinney Lake in Kearny County, Kansas.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: 1958
Seven photographs taken during the construction of the Tuttle Creek Reservoir on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: October 1964
These five photographs show road paving activities on the Tuttle Creek Reservoir project on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: 1958
A distant view of the Tuttle Creek Dam project on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


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